It’s more than 160 years since clever science people first worked out that digging up and burning long-dead bugs made Earth sizzly. So why are we still doing it? Why weren’t the early warnings heeded? And was it inevitable that humanity would, at some point or other, combust its way into the current planetary pickle?

These questions and zillions more are addressed in Dr Alice Bell’s fabulous new book ‘Our Biggest Experiment: A History of the Climate Crisis’. Alice joins us for a natter about how we arrived at now, i.e. arguably the most consequential point in human history.

Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell at Design by Mondial. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.

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